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Lawmakers seek end to culture of acting officials

Lawmakers seek end to culture of acting officials

Mar 23, 2016 - 18:40

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon members on Wednesday said the most important task for the government was to improve the security situation, calling for an end the culture of acting officials.

The lower house last year approved the law on acting officials, barring officials from performing duty for more than two month in acting capacity.

The law in one chapter and three articles demands the government introduce a new face to the parliament for a vote of confidence within 10 days of rejecting the earlier nominee by the house.

But against the law, Masoom Stanikzai has been serving as acting defence minister for one year after he was rejected by lawmakers.

Masood Andarabi has been appointed as acting head of the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) few months back and Gen. Taj Mohammad Jahuid was recently promoted as acting Interior Minister.

Speaking at today’s session, lawmaker Obaidullah Barakzi said the president had failed to complete his Cabinet since the unity government was formed two years ago.

“Currently clashes are underway in most parts of the country, some provinces are being threatened by the enemy due to irresponsible behavior of officials.” The situation may not return to normal unless responsible individuals are hired at key posts.”

Another MP Mir Dad Najrabi wondered responsibilities were spearheaded by acting officials at a time when the country’s security situation was worsening with each passing day.

Lawmaker Ghulam Hussain Naseri asked the government to pay attention to the country’s security situation besides bringing reforms to the election system.

Earlier, Syed Safar Hashimi, the presidential deputy spokesman, had said the process to hire new security officials went at a snail’s pace because last year was tough and the enemy had nefarious designs.

He hoped new faces would be introduced to security institutions in the new year.


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